High Blood Pressure symptoms are really non existent and that’s why it is known as the Silent Killer. Even if a person thinks they have high blood pressure, their complaints are typically nonspecific and could be caused by any number of other conditions.
For example, if a person complains of headache, dizziness, blurred vision or nausea, all of which could be caused by HBP, but they could also be the results of another ailment.
Unfortunately, the first time a person with HBP or hypertension seeks medical attention is when they have an organ failure such as a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or blindness. Don’t be one of the people who “discovers” a symptom by having one or more organs fail.
The only sure way to determine if you have HBP is to get your blood pressure measured. Your doctor will probably want you to make two trips so he can compare the measurements over a period of time. He can also teach you how to take your own pressure and recommend a device that you can use at home.
A word of caution here. Many drug stores have bp check machine, usually located by the pharmacy. Readings off these machines may or may not be accurate as it all depends if the cuff is correctly fitted to your arm.
Hypertension and HBP affect over 71 million Americans. The American Heart Association estimates that a third of the people who suffer from these conditions don’t know it. This disease is far too dangerous to ignore. Get your blood pressure measured even if you don’t think you are at risk. Better to know than not.
The real kicker is that this deadly disease is 90% preventable and reversible without resorting to drugs. One has to wonder why we are still dealing with this huge medical problem when a sensible diet, bp check machine and exercise can cure it.